International Soccer - England

Liverpool reach summit with Tottenham rout

Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Liverpool rose to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday following a comprehensive 4-0 rout of Tottenham-Hotspur at Anfield.

After earning a nervy 2-1 result on home soil over struggling Sunderland in midweek, the Reds entered Sunday's clash brimming with confidence in search of their eighth consecutive win in league play.

The Reds got off the mark almost immediately as just two minutes into proceedings a low cross from Raheem Sterling was directed into the net by Spurs defender Younes Kaboul for an own goal.

It was 2-0 for the Reds in the 25th minute when Luis Suarez got in behind the Spurs defense down the left flank and expertly finished a strike just inside the far post and out of reach of the outstretch arm of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool continued to hunt for goals in the second half and made it 3-0 in the 54th minute when the Reds worked their way through the Tottenham high press and Philippe Coutinho drilled a low strike from just outside the box into the lower left corner for his fourth goal of the season,

The Reds then put the exclamation point on an outstanding performance 15 minutes from time when a free kick from Jordan Henderson snuck through all the bodies in the penalty area and beat Lloris.

The result puts the Reds back on top of the Premiership for the first time since Dec. 25 with 71 points from 32 games played, while Tottenham remains in sixth place on 56 points.

Everton 3, Fulham 1

London, England - Everton kept its dreams of Champions League football alive with a comfortable 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday at Craven Cottage.

With Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all dropping points on Saturday, the Toffees moved to within four points of the fourth-place Gunners for the final Champions League spot next season.

After a scoreless first half, the visitors opened the scoring in the 50th minute courtesy of a David Stockdale own goal. Fulham pulled level in the 71st minute through Ashkan Dejagah, but the lead didn't last long as Everton went back in front eight minutes later when Kevin Mirallas fired it home.

Steven Naismith added a third goal for the Blues three minutes from time to wrap up an important three points.

03/30 12:58:18 ET

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